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The Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen were accused on Thursday of trying to hijack one of the world’s most famous racing yachts in the Red Sea off the coast of Hodeidah.

Attackers in three fast-moving skiffs and armed with rocket-propelled grenades tried to board the Lakota, a 19-meter sailing trimaran owned by the French yachtsman Philippe Poupon.

The attack on the Lakota came days after the Houthis hijacked another vessel in the Red Sea delivering food to government troops in the city of Medi, in northern Hajjah province.

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Amnesty International and other rights groups have called on FIFA to set aside $440 million (£356m) to compensate migrant workers in Qatar for human rights abuses during preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

“To remedy the litany of abuses committed since 2010, when FIFA awarded hosting rights to Qatar without requiring any improvement in labour protections, the organisations called on FIFA to at least match the $440m it hands out in prize money at the World Cup,” Amnesty said in a statement.

The sum of $440 million is likely to be the minimum necessary to cover an array of compensation costs and to support initiatives to protect workers’ rights in the future, Amnesty International has estimated.

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Clashes broke out after Fathi Bashagha, the eastern-based prime minister, attempted to seat his government in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Tuesday and forced him to flee the city.

The U.N. special adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, urged calm and for rival parties to engage in talks to resolve their disputes.

Over the weekend, rival militias also clashed in Tripoli’s neighborhood of Janzour. No casualties were reported but local authorities said there was damage to infrastructure, including a power plant.

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In response to the intimidation of the Minister of Communications, Johnny Al-Qarm, that Lebanon will cut off the Internet if the tariff for telecommunications services is not raised, the Internet and information transfer companies submitted proposals to secure the desired revenues for the benefit of the Ministry of Communications, while an in-depth study of the “mined” Internet tariff and information transfer decree is being conducted.

They submitted proposals to secure the desired revenues for the Ministry of Communications, while an in-depth study of the decree on tariffs for Internet services and information transfer is being conducted.

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Days after a reported Israeli airstrike in Syria, Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday vowed to prevent Iran from transferring “advanced capabilities” to other entities in the region.

“The State of Israel will continue to act against any enemy that threatens it, and prevent the transfer of advanced capabilities from Iran that endanger the citizens of Israel and harm the stability of the entire region,” Gantz said during a visit to the military’s Northern Command.

On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces continued its monthlong “Chariots of Fire” exercise, including a military drill within the northern city of Haifa.

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The Turkish forces bombed on Thursday evening villages in the western countryside of Kobani, north Syria, as well as military posts of the Syrian government forces.

The village of Seftak, 10 km west of Kobani, was hit by the Turkish artillery shelling and heavy gunfire from a Turkish forces’ outpost.

“Four shells hit the government forces’ posts in the village, but no injuries were reported,” Ahmed Daban, a resident of Seftak village, told North Press.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on Sunday that the Turkish forces bombed more than 50 towns and villages in northeast Syria during the last 72 hours.

Turkey has violated the ceasefire agreement in northeast Syria more than 310 times since the beginning of this year according to the Violations Documentation Center in northern Syria

Turkey signed a ceasefire agreement with the Russian and American guarantors in October 2019.

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Yemen’s government will permit citizens living in areas controlled by Huthi rebels to travel on Huthi-issued passports, an official told AFP, removing a barrier to long-awaited commercial flights out of the capital Sanaa.

Yemen’s embassy in Washington said on Twitter that Yemeni authorities had accepted “a UN proposal to use (Huthis’) docs on an interim basis & only during the #truce”.

There was no immediate word Friday on when the first flight would take place, though the transport minister in Sanaa said the airport was ready.

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Iran abruptly raised prices as much as 300% for a variety of staples such as cooking oil, chicken, eggs and milk on Thursday. Scores of alarmed Iranians waited in long lines to snatch up bundles of food and emptied supermarket shelves across the country in the hours before the price hike took effect.

The scenes revealed not only deep anxiety gripping the country and frustration with Iran’s leaders, but also underscored the staggering economic and political challenges facing them.

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Human Rights Watch wrote to the Interior Ministry on April 12 asking about the measures the ministry was taking to ensure people with disabilities could exercise their right to vote.

While Lebanon’s electoral law requires the Interior Ministry to take measures to ensure that people with disabilities can vote, in…

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